Understanding Your Privacy Settings

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

At Ancestry, we value and respect our customers’ privacy and we have standards in place to protect the integrity of the data our customers entrust to us. So, we want to be clear about a policy change we are making. As of today, we are updating our privacy statement to clarify what information we may… Read more

AncestryDNA – The Viking in the room

Posted by Mike Mulligan on June 23, 2015 in AncestryDNA, United Kingdom

At genealogy conferences I’ve spoken about AncestryDNA genetic ethnicity estimates. When the topic of Scandinavian ethnicity comes up, there tends to be an elephant in the room, or more accurately a Viking. At some point I invariably get asked by someone if having Scandinavian genetic ethnicity in their estimate means they are descended from Vikings.… Read more

Farmers: The Unsung Heroes of America

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

This is a guest post by George Morgan, genealogy expert and co-host of The Genealogy Guys podcast.  I can document two U.S. presidents in my family tree. While their lives are fascinating, their stories don’t pique my interest nearly as much as the lives of the common men and women who embody the spirit of the American… Read more

Fathers Paving the Way: Birds of Passage

Posted by Juliana Szucs on June 18, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You could hear the emotion in her voice as Lillian Galletta told Janet Levine of the National Park Service about her arrival at Ellis Island in 1928. We were in this big room, very large room, and they called your name out. And when they called Galletta, my father came running through the turnstile, and… Read more

Forged In Steel

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

This is a guest post by Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.  For more than 40 years, my paternal grandfather, John Alzo, would wake up, have two soft-boiled eggs with toast and a bit of coffee served in his favorite blue-and-white porcelain mug, pull on his workpants, shirt, and safety shoes, and walk the 15 minutes from his… Read more

Ireland and New Zealand feature in tonight’s episode of Long Lost Family. (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 17, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

It is Long Lost Family time again. Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell travel the world to reunite separated families. This week the Long Lost Family team features two stories which explore the feelings of abandonment. Peter Gunn has struggled to come to terms with the decision his mother made to give him up for adoption. Adopted at just… Read more